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Locked Out: How To Deal With Key Emergencies

08.28.19

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Losing your keys can be a very stressful time. When you can’t get into your home or your car, it can be crushing. Being locked out of everything that you own can send you into a state of panic. However, there are always ways of dealing with a situation such as this. 

If You’ve Lost Your Keys And You Have No Spare

Changing your locks can be a costly affair. You will be worried that once a locksmith has managed to open your door, you’ll need to replace the lock in order to be able to get back into the house again. Don’t worry; a locksmith can often make you a new key for your lock without another to copy from. 

Locked Out Of Your Car With The Engine Running

If you’ve been locked out of your car, you have a couple of different options when it comes to getting back into it, depending on your circumstances.

If you have ever had that heart-sinking feeling; it’s snowing out, you’ve just started the engine to warm it up, and then got out to clear the ice or snow from your windshield. And then, disaster. The door swings shut, and you are locked out. Your engine is burning through your fuel, and you are left out in the cold. 

The first thing you need to know is that you can get into your car again. Keep calm, and if you have breakdown cover, then you will be able to use this service. Your insurance company may also be able to help. Another option would be to call a licensed, professional locksmith. 

A wedge can be used between the door and the body of the car. And then a thin metal rod can be slid through the gap, and right down into the body of the door to the auto-lock. 

You will need to make sure you get a professional to do this, as your insurance company would not cover any damage that you caused in doing so. 

If Your Car Key Stops Working

If for any reason you find that your car key no longer works in the lock, do not force it, as it may snap. This will make it much harder to repair. Instead, make a call to a locksmith, a breakdown firm, or your insurance company. Having this dealt with professionally will make sure there is no damage done to your vehicle. 

You may be tempted to use WD40 to try to loosen the lock. However, you should avoid using this as it can become sticky over time, and will end up jamming up your lock in the long term. 

If You Lose Your Car Keys All Together

If you have completely lost your keys, a locksmith that can provide replacement keys for most major makes and models of cars. They will also be able to reprogram your vehicle so that if found, your old key will no longer work. 

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